Registration for the 36th annual Kent Pumpkin Run is open.

The five-mile event will begin Oct. 28 with a noon start at Kent Green in front of Town Hall. The spectator-friendly course will finish in the same spot, accompanied before and after the race by music, refreshments, face painting, Halloween festivities and more.

The day begins with a Kids Fun Run at 11:15 a.m.

Race participants are encouraged to donate as they register or to bring nonperishable donations to support the official charitable beneficiary -- the Kent Food Bank. Donations can be dropped off at Davis IGA or Kent Wine & Spirit during race week or at the start/finish area on race day.

Runners are also welcome to compete for prizes for best costume during the race. A variety of gift certificates from local merchants will be among the prizes.

To register in advance or for additional information about the 5-mile race, the annual Kids Fun Run, and all of the other companion events, visit www.kentpumpkinrun.com or contact race director Dave Dunleavy at dunleavyrun@aol.com or 860-927-1332.

The event is hosted by the Kent Chamber of Commerce.